Did You Know?

•    One KFC “Mega Jug” of Pepsi contains one half gallon of soda, over 800 calories, and a full cup of sugar.

•    There is overwhelming evidence of the link between obesity and the consumption of sugary drinks. In the last 30 years, the average American’s daily caloric intake has increased by nearly 300 calories. 43 percent of those additional calories come from additional sugary drink consumption.   Over the same period of time, the average weight of women increased by 20 pounds.

•    Where soda was once a special treat, it has now become a part of our daily diets. There are 10 teaspoons of sugar in every 12 oz can of soda, and a child’s risk of obesity increases an average of 60 percent with each additional daily serving of soda. Yet, a study released in 2009 found that 41 percent of children ages 2-11 and 62 percent of adolescents ages 12-17 consume at least one soda or other sugar-sweetened beverage every day.

•    In California, lower-income communities have 20 percent fewer healthy food sources than higher-income areas as well as a greater concentration of fast food restaurants and convenience stores that stock mainly high-fat, high-calorie foods.

•    The annual cost of overweight and obesity to the State of California is estimated to be $41 billion in lost productivity and health related costs. If the current trend continues, it is conservatively estimated that the economic costs of overweight, obesity and physical inactivity will exceed $52 billion by 2011.

•    The number of cases of heart disease, cancer and diabetes that result from obesity and physical inactivity are major contributors to rising health care costs and represent a preventable drain on an already troubled California economy. In fact, the study shows that by reducing overweight, obesity and physical inactivity by just 5 percent, California could recapture $2.4 billion every year.

•    Given that $1 out of every $10 spent on health care is related to diabetes and that people with diabetes have medical costs 2.3 times higher, preventing diabetes should be a priority. In fact, enrolling at-risk adults aged 50 in group-based diabetes prevention programs could reduce the chance of developing diabetes from 85 to 65 percent.

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